WHY IS UNITY IMPORTANT TO US?
Unity is important because nature wants us to unite. By uniting, we enter into balance with nature and awaken a positive force dwelling in nature to surface among us. We then feel positive phenomena fill our lives: happiness, confidence, peace, and harmony.
On the contrary, by making no motion toward unity, our egos grow unabated, and we let division and hatred separate us more and more. Accordingly, we experience increasing negative phenomena in our lives, i.e. suffering on personal, social, ecological, and global scales.
Moreover, it is important that our unity is above all divisions, and not merely the unity of one group against another. The latter is simply a group inflated ego that serves to increase division and hatred in society, and which also leads to no ultimately positive outcome.
Therefore, the importance of unity is the importance of our very survival, and whether we live our lives harmoniously or painfully. Establishing the importance of unity in society requires regular education and examples of unity above division.
There thus needs to be a shift in the kinds of messaging and examples that we receive through mass media, television, radio and the Internet. If we receive inputs from all these information sources that exemplify the importance and benefits of unity, collaboration, and cooperation—people working together to unite above their divisive drives—then we will all start feeling that unity is important, and our attitudes to each other will become calibrated in that direction. Currently, however, such information sources are abundant with divisive messaging, and we thus see myriad negative outcomes in society.
WHAT IS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT?
Human development is the development of positive connections upon our innate differences and divisions.
Prior to the existence of humans, connections formed on inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels that paved the way for humans to develop and connect.
For instance, particles connected to become atoms. Amalgamations that could sustain their connections continued living, while those that failed to do so broke down and became obsolete.
On inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels, nature maintains balance. However, at the human level, where we hold a certain amount of responsibility for our development, we see that we have made a lot of mistakes and brought about a lot of suffering to ourselves, and an imbalance with nature. Instead of focusing our development on connecting positively to one another upon our divisive drives, we let such drives define our so-called “development” until today.
As such, we have developed scientifically, culturally, technologically, and economically, i.e. in numerous superficial fields, but we have failed to develop the most important aspect of our lives: our attitudes and relationships to each other.
In the process, we set ourselves up in opposition to nature and experience its side effects. Instead of becoming happier, healthier, and more confident social beings, we experience rising depression, stress, anxiety, and loneliness.
Nature shows us an example of how cells and organs function for the benefit of the entire organisms that they inhabit and receive what they need in order to operate for the whole organism’s benefit. If a cell receives more than what it needs for the organism’s functioning, it becomes cancerous and brings disease.
Human society today is like a cluster of cancerous cells, each prioritizing self-benefit over benefiting others. A shift to a healthier, happier, and more confident human society requires a shift in our priorities: that we will all prefer benefiting others over benefiting ourselves.
We can also expect more and more events that will show us the extent of our interdependence—with each other and with nature.
The coronavirus pandemic was [one of] the latest such events.
Therefore, as we head into the future, the more we positively connect to each other, the better we will become equipped to deal with the changes taking place in the world, as the extent of our connections will be the extent of our balance with nature.
| -data cited from KabU – 50 Biggest Questions with Kabbalist Michael Laitman (2020)